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Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Beacon, NY
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Re: O'Day 302 rear cabin, without cushions
By the way I believe that the one I looked at had a fiberglass structure and that was most certainly a structural member. There was thin plywood panels under the cushions and they lifted up and there was 2 separate compartments under them (divided for and aft) and one compartment had batteries, access to the steering quadrant, diesel tank and other things under the cockpit sole. I think I remember that the thru hull shutoffs for the engine cooling was in there as well, so you would need to keep it very assessable. The other compartment was open storage. If I were to get the boat I would use the aft cabin as a cabin because the V-birth is quite short and tight, and has no real privacy. It looks great for kids, but not really for adults. Also the aft cabin gives the option of just making the bed and closing the door, the V-birth is kind of always on display with those plexi panels and I would feel like I needed to remove all the linens and store them, otherwise if I had someone on board it would feel like they were visiting me in my bedroom. I looked at the boat as a liveaboard for one person. The price on the one I looked at has dropped enough for me to look again.
It was the favorite 30 footer I looked at, very nice. I will say the one I looked at was extremely clean, looked brand new inside and out. It is one of the few boats that size with a useable aft cabin, seems a shame to just use it for storage. And don't discount the resale value, as customizations rarely make a boat more desirable, and this sound very much so. You do not say what your use of the boat is, but I assume liveabord if you are looking for some place for the cats to live.
As for the comments about the cats, lighten up dude this is a sight about enjoying sailing and life.